WESTERLY, R.I. (AP) — A Rhode Island yacht club is making a historic change to its men-only policy.
Westerly Yacht Club members voted Wednesday night to change the policy at the nearly century-old club and allow women as full members. It passed by a 79 percent margin, satisfying a two-thirds majority requirement as required by club bylaws.
This was the second vote within about a month.
In June, members voted to uphold the policy, but decided to reconsider after dealing with fallout from their decision.
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The old policy allowed wives as associate members, but they couldn’t vote. Women who were not married to a male member couldn’t join, even as associate members.
The new policy takes effect immediately. The club says anyone can apply, and their names will be added to a waiting list.